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Cover ArtA rare bird [videorecording]
by Laughland, Nicholas.
In "A rare bird" we certainly see an episode that literally is meant for people doing more than just watching the birds. I have bad mouthed the performances of Neil Dudgeon but maybe the real problem is the producer, the director, and the writers of some of these episodes? But no matter who is playing Barnaby the murders get more ridiculously violent episode by episode. I am probably just bored with the same weekly dribble of American television murders and have turned to the British for relief. I am still waiting.   posted Apr 20, 2014 at 5:21PM

Cover ArtStone cold
by C. J. Box
I waited nearly 4 1/2 months for Stone Cold to arrive. I will say this story is little like the old Saturday matinee with a thrill a minute, every scene promising an end to the hero unless something miraculous saves him. Of course, in those matinees the bad guys were evil beyond redemption and each of them was fatally flawed for choosing the evil path in the first place. That is unfortunately how Stone Cold left me. There is just too much for me to swallow here. Having the tragic shooting death of the boy on a rooftop by the police made me grimace at how patently absurd C.J. Box went for the jugular in every way possible. And the family dialog and family spirit of previous novels just was given lip service in Stone Cold.   posted Apr 16, 2014 at 6:34PM

Cover ArtFavorites [DVD] ; The halls of Ivy ; Mr. District Attorney ; The third man.
These three television programs from the early 1950s demonstrate how marvelously entertaining television could be and was. Michael Rennie was such a smooth and competent actor. His portrayal of Harry Lyme is markedly different than Orson Welles but that is to be expected. I was so positive that Orson was giving his all to the role. But Michael Rennie just might have had much more talent that television allowed him to demonstrate. Ronald Coleman playing Doctor Hall with his marvelous wife, played by Benita Hume, showed that you can appreciate the ordinary days of people. David Brian was a giant of a man but he convincingly played the District Attorney that truly played it on the level. Today’s so called reality television is more interested in tearing down people by making them barely resist temptation instead of purposely choosing good behavior becuse it is the right thing to do.   posted Apr 14, 2014 at 11:58AM

Cover ArtJack Reacher [videorecording]
by McQuarrie, Christopher.
All Tom Cruise needs to make a successful Jack Reacher is to grow about another 10 inches in height and gain about 70 some pounds. Oh, and get the right personality for the role. I have read some of the Reacher novels and I came away with the impression that this character definitely would not be an advocate of Scientology. But Cruise has money and apparently can buy just about any role he wants. What will you be, Tommy, when you grow up? I also want to say that the Lee Child creation fits with people who get their kicks out of seeing the hero beat people up, when he is not killing them. American men are bored with their lives and no longer know how to deal with life unless it is car chases, blowing up buildings, beating people up, shooting others. Time to learn how to face life with some sense of maturity. Too much testosterone ruins a good man.   posted Apr 13, 2014 at 2:51PM

Cover ArtDead letters [videorecording]
In "Dead Letters" we have another incredible mash of wonderful actors willing to portray the most ridiculous characters you can come up with. There is the doctor who smokes constantly, drinks like a fish, fornicates with every woman available, and moves to a new village, city, town when he has run out of new female conquests. There is the murderer who spares no one associated to his long lost girlfriend. He even murders the girl’s mother for the most absurd reason: because she can never produce another daughter for him. But the worst decision is to open the program by having young girls find the first murdered woman lying in clear but deep water. How can you involve children in these murders like it is not much more than seeing a deceased rabbit?   posted Apr 12, 2014 at 11:17AM

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